BUENOS AIRES, Argentina, April 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Telecom Argentina S.A. ("Telecom Argentina" or the "Company") (BASE: TECO2, NYSE: TEO), one of Argentina's leading telecommunications groups, announced that the Annual General Ordinary Shareholder's Meeting held today approved a cash dividend distribution in the amount of P$ 915,474,310.
The payment of the dividend will be made starting on April 19, 2011. The amount to be distributed is in the equivalent to P$0.93 per share or P$4.65 per ADR, prior to deductions for Personal Asset Tax obligations, as described below.
For ADR holders, the Record Date is April 18, 2011 and the Payment Date is April 27, 2011. Payment will be made through the Depositary Bank, JP Morgan Chase & Co.
For non-ADR holders, the Record Date is also April 18, 2011 and the payment will be available as from April 19, 2011. For these shareholders, the payment will be made through Caja de Valores S.A. in Argentina.
The Company will deduct from this payment, the amount paid by the Company for the Personal Asset Tax (pursuant to the unnumbered section following section 25 of Law No. 23,966 and its amendments) for fiscal year 2010. Deductions for Personal Asset Tax payments will not apply to shareholders who did not own shares or ADRs on December 31, 2010 or who have reimbursed the Company for such tax obligations.
Due to the time required to determine which non-ADR holders are subject to such tax, the effective date of the distribution of the dividends through Caja de Valores S.A. will be made within 10 days after the payment date in accordance with the time period established in Article 90 of the Buenos Aires Stock Exchange Listing Rules.
Telecom is the parent company of a leading telecommunications group in Argentina, where it offers, either or through its controlled subsidiaries local and long distance fixed-line telephony, cellular, data transmission and Internet services, among other services. Additionally, through a controlled subsidiary, the Telecom Group offers cellular services in Paraguay. The Company commenced operations on November 8, 1990, upon the Argentine government's transfer of the telecommunications system in the northern region of Argentina.
Nortel Inversora S.A. ("Nortel"), which acquired the majority of the Company from the Argentine government, holds 54.74% of Telecom's common stock. Nortel is a holding company whose common stock (approximately 68% of capital stock) is owned by Sofora Telecomunicaciones S.A. Additionally, Nortel capital stock comprised of preferred shares that are held by minority shareholders.
As of April 7, 2011, Telecom had 984,380,978 shares outstanding.
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This document contains statements that could constitute forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, expectations for the Company's future performance, customer base, service offerings, revenues, income, EBITDA, earnings per share, capital expenditures, dividends, liquidity and capital structure; the impact of emergency laws enacted by the Argentine Government; and the impact of the devaluation of the peso, inflation, rate changes and competition on the Company's future financial performance. Forward-looking statements may be identified by words such as "believes," "expects," "anticipates," "projects," "intends," "should," "seeks," "estimates", "future" or other similar expressions. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could significantly affect expectations for the Company's results. The risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the impact of emergency laws enacted by the Argentine government that have resulted in the repeal of Argentina's Convertibility law, various changes in restrictions on the ability to exchange pesos into foreign currencies, and currency transfer policy generally, the "pesification" of tariffs charged for public services, the elimination of indexes to adjust rates charged for public services and the Executive branch announcement to renegotiate the terms of the concessions granted to public service providers, including Telecom. Due to extensive changes in laws and economic and business conditions in Argentina, it is difficult to predict the impact of these changes on the Company's financial condition. Other factors may include, but are not limited to, the evolution of the economy in Argentina, growing inflationary pressure and evolution in consumer spending and the outcome of certain legal proceedings. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as the date of this document. The Company undertakes no obligation to release publicly the results of any revisions to forward-looking statements which may be made to reflect events and circumstances after the date of this press release, including, without limitation, changes in the Company's business or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. Readers are encouraged to consult the Company's Annual Report on Form 20-F, as well as periodic filings made on Form 6-K, which are filed with or furnished to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission for further information concerning risks and uncertainties faced by Telecom.
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